ATLANTA, AUG. 4 -- Two-year-old Taylor Murphy spent a busy morning today answering the telephone in his suburban Roswell home. He had his greeting down pat.
"Hi," he replied. "My daddy got traded."
Taylor's daddy, Dale Murphy, was the heart and soul of the Atlanta Braves in the 1980s. Nearing the end of a two-year contract, Murphy told Braves General Manager-Manager Bobby Cox to try to work out a trade before he became a free agent this winter.
The Braves announced Friday night that Murphy and a player to be named had been dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for relief pitcher Jeff Parrett and two players to be named.
The deal was completed while the Braves were in Houston. Murphy made a detour en route to Atlanta before moving on to Philadelphia for Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The all-time home run leader in Atlanta history (371) had a 30-minute layover at the Atlanta airport, where he picked up his wife, Nancy, five of their six sons and his agent, Bruce Church, for the trip to Philadelphia.
"I probably won't look too many of you in the eye because it's been kind of a tough time," Murphy said. "This has been a real hard decision for Nancy and me. We did come to the decision a few weeks ago that we would be leaving this winter and so we went to Bobby and said if you can work out a trade and something that we'll both be happy with, I would accept it and move on."
Church said the contract was worked out in just under seven hours, a two-year deal, terms of which Church declined to specify.
Murphy leaves the Braves having appeared in 1,926 games. He had a .268 batting average, scored 1,103 runs, had 1,901 hits and drove in 1,147. The two-time National League most valuable player and a seven-time all-star has seen his batting average plunge to .226 and .228 the last two years. He was hitting .232 this year with 17 homers and 55 RBI.